NCALL Awarded $150,000 by the Welfare Foundation for Demolition of Blighted Properties
July 10, 2018
Dover, Delaware – NCALL is pleased to announce that it has received generous capital funding in the amount of $150,000 from the Welfare Foundation to support its redevelopment work in Central Dover.
Joe Myer, NCALL’s Executive Director, said “The Welfare Foundation has been an important and consistent supporter of NCALL’s housing and community development work in Delaware over the years. This grant for blight remediation illustrates the vision and foresight of the Foundation and its Trustees to create real change in distressed communities.”
NCALL recently made a block purchase of nine boarded up and vacant properties in the downtown area. Most were known nuisance properties, magnets for crime and illegal activity and their eradication has been greeted with relief by neighborhood residents. The lots will be redeveloped in the near future and then sold to qualifying homebuyers. NCALL is focusing efforts on specific blocks to ensure maximum impact of their investment. Mr. Myer added “in a relatively small area, this concentration of demolition and revitalization will have a major impact on the look of the community, the perception of downtown Dover, and the pride of those who have already invested in and continue to remain in the neighborhood.”
NCALL is a statewide, Dover based, nonprofit affordable housing and community development organization. Services provided include housing development which has resulted in the creation of 50 affordable housing apartment communities leveraging in total $124,382,483. Single family housing development is a new area of focus that has produced four units with an additional 14 lots to be developed in the near future. NCALL is the lead agency of Restoring Central Dover a comprehensive community development effort comprised of over 20 different organizations, including non-profits, government agencies, businesses, institutions, and residents. Utilizing a Wells Fargo Regional Foundation planning grant, the Restoring Central Dover Plan was adopted in 2014 and identifies strategies to create a strong community, positive development and an integrated public realm. Restoring Central Dover was instrumental in the City of Dover receiving the Downtown Development District (DDD) designation in 2015 and access to new revitalization resources. The Executive Summary and full Plan may be found at www.ncall.org/restoring-central-dover.
The Welfare Foundation was originally formed in 1930 by Pierre S. du Pont and is headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware. The Welfare Foundation is a IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses its assets and the income they generate to promote the social welfare of people and communities across the state of Delaware and in southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the performance of its invested assets, the Foundation has made grants to nonprofits totaling nearly half a billion dollars over its greater than 80-year history. For more information on the Foundation and its philanthropic giving, please visit https://www.welfarefoundationde.org
Trish Kelleher (302) 438-6378